-> in "good old Saddam's time" police infiltrated opposition forces ! But US-Americans in their desire to stop anybody who did have a Ba'athist past, overlooked reality
|Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 1):|
What I don't understand is why the entire infrastructure of Iraqi army and police was completely dispersed?
-> there were THREE major mistakes done by the USA in Iraq
A) to prohibit the Ba'ath Party. The "Socialist Party of the Arab Reawakening" was NOT Saddam's party and was NOT founded by him. He joined that party in the late 50ies, and MIS-used the party after coming to power in 1979. BUT the majority of Ba'ath Party people were NOT Saddam loyalists. He controlled the party through a dense network of secret service agents in disguise.
B) to dissolve all of the armed forces. Saddam has never been in military service and was NOT a "soldier". Most folks in the armed forces DISliked Saddam. He controlled the armed forces through a dense network of secret service agents in disguise. So that it would have been sufficient to screen the whole organisation for Saddam loyalists.
C) to dissolve the whole police force. Most policemen and police-officers had nothing or not much to do with Saddam. He controlled the police-forces through a dense network of secret service agents in disguise. But here again, it would have been sufficient to screen the forces for Saddam loyalists
Experienced and reliable army and police officers were "retired" because they were/are convinced Ba'athists. But the Ba'ath Party is the secularist slightly left-wing main party of Arab nationalism. OK
, the US-Americans for a while believed they could separate Iraq from the Arab World, and were most angry when the provisional government as first action abroad went to Cairo to secure and re-arrange the Iraqi seat in the League of Arab States.
You see, the US-American problem in Iraq mostly is that they do not understand or do not want to understand regional mentality and preferences.